Montana Scholarships

Scholarships and programs for girls

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We have gathered a list of scholarships available to Montana students. The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project does not have ownership over any scholarships listed. For more information, please visit the website and contact each program directly. Also check out the list PowerHouse Montana of the Women's Foundation of Montana has created by clicking here. Scholarship opportunities have been organized into the following categories: 

Middle School and High School students

High School seniors 

Undergraduate and Graduate students

Other opportunities and More Resources for Stem Scholarships

Opportunities for Middle School and High School Students

Doctor David Baker Science for Kids FoundationThe Dr. David W. Baker Memorial Student-Science Foundation was established to promote greater scientific knowledge and competency in the United States by enhancing science education for middle and high school students.The grants cover expenses to allow youth to participate in science programs or activities. Funding awarded is usually $200 and covers travel, equipment, software, etc. for science opportunities. 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Youth Scholar's Programenables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school. The deadline is April 5, 2017. 

Opportunities for High School Seniors

Montana Farmers Union scholarships: Two $500 scholarships are made available through the special efforts of the Education Committee and Montana Farmers Union. The winner must be a high school graduate planning to attend a university, college, community college or college of technology in or out of state; the scholarship must be used the year it is awarded; and Montana Farmers Union family membership dues must be current. Deadline March 1. 

University of Great Falls STEM scholarship. The University of Great Falls and the National Science Foundation are offering 4-year S-STEM scholarships to Montana high school seniors interested in pursuing careers in STEM. The scholarship is renewable and is for students majoring in chemistry, biology, or math. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. View the application packet here for additional information.

Horatio Alger Montana undergrad scholarshipThis program is specifically aimed at students who have confronted and overcome adversity in their young lives. 50 students from across Montana will be selected to each receive a $12,000 scholarship and have the honor of being named as a Horatio Alger Montana Scholar. The Horatio Alger Montana scholarship closes each year on April 15 for high school seniors.

Montana Community Foundation: We're all about Montana's future. Through the power of permanently endowed funds, we help people achieve their philanthropic goals and nonprofit organizations establish stable incomes to support their efforts. Our mission is to cultivate a culture of giving so Montana communities can flourish. For most scholarships, students can begin applying online January 1, with the closing date for most applications being March 18. Scholarship awards generally range between $500 and $5,000, some of which are renewable for multiple years. 

CHS scholarships: CHS High school Scholarships Program - Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Davidson Institute for Talent Development: Davidson Fellows Scholarships - The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. 

College Scholarship ProgramThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides over $1.4 million in scholarships to young people throughout the nation representing all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Students have the opportunity to receive a $2,500, $10,000 or $25,000 scholarship. In addition, for every student who wins a scholarship, a grant in the amount of $1,000 will be made to the winner’s school.

Best Value School: This is a college scholarship for high school seniors. The BVS scholarship committee will review applications and make final selections based on academic achievement, participation in school and/or community activities, and how well the personal essay highlights the applicant’s career aspirations as a female in a STEM career.

Science Ambassador Scholarship: A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. Scholarship funds will be provided from Cards Against Humanity’s Science Pack—a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. The deadline for 2017 was 12/11/16.

Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate students

Undergraduate Transfer ScholarshipThe Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Program: The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) furthers its mission of increasing and retaining the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career, and APTF will award a minimum of twenty (20) scholarships of at least $2,500 each to college sophmores, juniors and seniors in public transportation industry-related fields of study. Renewals of previous scholarships are also available. Awards cover the academic year and assist with tuition costs or other educational expenses. All applicants must be sponsored by an APTA member. 

BHW ScholarshipScholarship is open to women who are pursuing an undergraduate or master's degree and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Applications for Fall 2017 will open in January.

Society of Women Engineers: SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. In 2016, SWE disbursed approximately 230 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $750,000.

More Opportunities and Resources for STEM Scholarships

Aviation Scholarships: Montana is very fortunate to have many generous individuals and organizations that believe in promoting aviation by offering monetary assistance to qualified persons. The Aeronautics Division assists in administering some of these scholarships and encourages participation. The scholarships are offered to Montanans to help defray costs of education (i.e., flight instruction, A&P, etc.) and will be presented during the annual Montana Aviation Conference in Helena.

Searchable Portals for STEM Scholoarship opportunities

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student seeking opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science -- in collaboration with the participating agencies in the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the Science.gov Alliance -- has launched a search portal for both students and universities to discover federally sponsored STEM education training and funding opportunities. Student users can search the site for opportunities they can apply to directly, such as research internships and fellowships. Likewise, universities can search the site for federal funding opportunities to establish innovative training programs for undergraduates or graduate students.

For programs and opportunities for undergraduates, visit http://stemundergrads.science.gov/.

For graduate programs and opportunities, visit http://stemgradstudents.science.gov/.

Additional websites

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/women-in-stem/

http://www.collegescholarships.org/women.htm

http://www.scholarshipsforwomen.net/science/

https://www.engineergirl.org/GetThere/Scholarships.aspx

http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/women.aspx

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/scholarships-for-women/